Nigerian Institute of
Quantity Surveyors (NIQS) has said that the high level of corruption going on within the construction industry would go unchallenged, if the Bureau of Public Procurement (BOPP) does not adopt stricter monitoring strategies of projects.
The Institute made the revelation in Abuja, at the weekend when a delegation of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the institute led by its President, Obafemi Onashile paid a courtesy visit to the Director General, BOPP, Mamman Ahmadu.
The institute noted that the limiting of BOPP’s oversight to due diligence at pre-award stage of projects only and non-execution of project monitoring duties at the actual execution of the projects on site is still making massive corruption to persist on government projects with attendant negative consequences on the economy.
Onashile said for BOPP to make a much better impact in delivering value-for-money for the nation, it must take its oversight influence beyond the pre-award of contracts. Even throughout the construction phase of the projects that they had earlier authorised to ensure that approvals are not circumvented through the possible corrupt compromise of either quality standards or the specified sizes of such projects or both in order to reduce the actual costs without passing the cost reduction to the government.
The NIQS boss also called for the introduction of forensic audits for very large and complex completed projects within six years of their completion to ensure that another independent layer of scrutiny is brought to bear on the investment in the project as obtains in disciplined economy like the US.
Onashile further implored the BOPP to look into the development of another alternative form of contract to the currently existing BOPP form of contract, which whilst working very well for civil engineering projects is quite deficient for building projects that comes with peculiar and different administrative procedures.
While acknowledging the improvement of the BOPP in fast tracking due diligence processes and ensuring faster commencement of government projects, the NIQS President called for the engagement of more quantity surveyors as staff of the agency to enable it discharge its responsibility of oversight of public procurement efficiently and effectively.
“We believe that as experts trained to provide total cost and procurement management of capital projects from conception to completion, we have vital roles to play in prudent costing of projects, procurement management and project monitoring to ensure better earned value for money,” Onashile said.
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